How Will Game Of Thrones End? Maisie Williams Says She Knows

The much-anticipated eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones airs in 2019, and we’re excited about it. In particular, everyone wants to know how it’ll all wrap up.

Actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, apparently knows how it’ll all go down. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week where she claimed to have read the script for the final episode. Kimmel jumped in to say that he’s heard that to protect the secret, HBO is shooting multiple endings so that even the cast is unaware of how it ends. However, Williams sounded confident that she knows what will happen in the very last episode. And she added that she doesn’t believe HBO has the budge to shoot so many different endings.

“I do–I know the end of Game of Thrones,” Williams said, recalling that she read the script while in bed. “It’s just surreal, to be honest; being with this show for so long and then also it having the following that it does. It’s just–everyone is waiting for this moment, and then you read it, and it’s just incredible.”

Williams went on to suggest, with facial expressions, that the ending might on paper sound underwhelming, but when you see it, you’ll understand why it’s so moving. She added that her mom knows the ending, too, because she sent the scripts to her. She broke a rule in doing so, apparently, as she noted that she was told: “Don’t give [the scripts] to anyone.”

Indeed, HBO’s security for Game of Thrones is reportedly substantial, making use of things like scripts written in code and even keeping watch for drones on outdoor sets. And regarding the multiple endings, HBO president Casey Bloys sounded pretty confident that multiple endings would be shot, though of course plans can change. “I know in Game of Thrones the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said back in September.

Also in the interview, Williams said she still has a lot of shooting left to do on the final season. “A lot, endless amounts,” she said about what’s left of her shooting schedule. “It’s a mammoth task this year. It’s huge.”

Kimmel smartly jumped in to ask if this means her character, Arya, will survive. Williams deftly danced around the question, saying, “No, not necessarily, because some of the episodes take a really long time to shoot.”

Indeed, every episode in Season 8 is reportedly as long as a movie, so lengthy shoots are to be expected.

There will be six episodes in the final Game of Thrones season. We don’t know their titles yet, but HBO has announced who will be directing them. The Game of Thrones franchise is expected to continue after the main show wraps up through a prequel spinoff.

In other news, Game of Thrones TV show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are working on a new series of Star Wars movies for Disney.

How Are The Uncharted And Last Of Us Movies Coming Along?

Movies based on Naughty Dog’s Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises are in the works, but, as is often the case in Hollywood, they aren’t progressing very quickly. Naughty Dog’s creative lead Neil Druckmann sat down with 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg at the D.I.C.E. Summit today in Las Vegas for a conversation about storytelling. Naturally, the question came up about how the Uncharted and Last of Us movies are coming along.

Druckmann said Naughty Dog has had “some conversations” with director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum), a person who Druckmann says really “gets it” and “understands where we’re at.” Druckmann went on to say that Naughty Dog’s feelings towards a film adaptation of Uncharted has “evolved” over years.

“We used to just be excited–oh my god, movies are looking at us! There could be an Uncharted movie on the screen, and then as more time passes on, we’re not excited by a direct adaptation of the story we told, because we feel we’ve already told that story very well cinematically, so I don’t know what else you could bring to it.”

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is confirmed to play a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie. Levy’s Uncharted movie will not be a direct adaptation of any of the four main Uncharted games, but instead it is expected to fill in the gaps with the younger Drake. Beyond that, however, we don’t know any more plot details. One of the scripts was written by The Grey‘s Joe Carnahan–and Druckmann had some things to say about it.

Whatever the case, Druckmann said an Uncharted movie will feel strange to him and some fans because with different actors, it might not feel right. “For me–and I know for Naughty Dog and for a lot of our fans–Nolan North is Nathan Drake. Ashley Johnson is Ellie. Troy Baker is Joel. It would be very disorienting to see someone else in that role.”

As an example, Druckmann said if they were to make a Breaking Bad movie and someone other than Bryan Cranston played Walter White, well, it just “doesn’t make sense” and would “feel so wrong on so many levels.”

Trachtenberg then mentioned the well-received TV show adaptation of the beloved movie Fargo as an example of how do it right. The two agreed that this is different because it has new characters instead of existing ones. “It captured the tone, it captured the world, it expanded up; I love that show. I think that’s the way to do it.”

Also during the talk, Druckmann spoke briefly of the Last of Us film. The script that he worked on at one point was a direct adaptation of the game–and it wasn’t great. “Now, having some separation from it, I look back like–I don’t want that movie to be made,” he said.

The much-anticipated Last of Us sequel, The Last of Us: Part II, is currently in development for PlayStation 4. As for the Uncharted franchise, 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was the last mainline title in the series to be developed by Naughty Dog and the final one starring Nathan Drake. That being said, Uncharted 5 could be developed by another studio.

The next big video game movie is March’s Tomb Raider, which stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft. You can watch the newest trailer here.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For January 2018

The NPD Group today released its report for January 2018 video game sales in the United States, covering games and hardware. In terms of game sales, Monster Hunter: World was the top-selling title of the month on the all-platforms chart. Rounding out the top five were Dragon Ball: Fighter Z, Call of Duty: WWII, PUBG, and Grand Theft Auto V.

You can see the full chart below, along with platform-specific charts for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, along with another one for the best-selling games on a trailing 12-month period. Note that while these NPD reports now factor in some digital sales, not every publisher shares this information, as you’ll see in the charts below.

Monster Hunter: World also topped the Xbox One and PS4 charts, while the game overall enjoyed the best launch month ever for the Monster Hunter series in the US. The No. 2 game, Dragon Ball: Fighter Z, had the franchise’s best launch-month sales since 2002’s Dragon Ball Z: Budokai.

Total video game sales in the US during January amounted to $517 million, which is up significantly (51 percent) compared to last year. In fact, January game sales were the highest since January 2011 ($549 million).

On the hardware side, spending on consoles reached $278 million for January 2018, which is an increase of an incredible 119 percent. The NPD Group said the uptick in sales was driven by the gains that Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 posted during the month. The $278 million spend on hardware in the US during the month was the highest since January 2011 ($323 million).

All three systems “performed well,” the NPD Group said. It was a tight race, as the gap between the top-selling platform (which was not disclosed) and third place was just 3 percent based on dollar sales.

Overall, covering games and hardware, total video game spending in the US for January 2018 came to $1.1 billion. That represents an impressive 59 percent surge compared to January 2017.

January 2018 Top 20 All Platforms

*Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales*

  1. Monster Hunter World
  2. Dragon Ball: Fighter Z
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. PUBG*
  5. GTA V
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Super Mario Odyssey*
  8. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. Madden NFL 18
  11. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  12. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  13. EA Sports UFC 3
  14. Rainbow Six Siege
  15. FIFA 18*
  16. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
  17. The Sims 4*
  18. Splatoon 2*
  19. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  20. Need for Speed: Payback*

January 2018 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. PUBG
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Dragon Ball: Fighter Z
  5. GTA V
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  10. EA Sports UFC 3

January 2018 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball: Fighter Z
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. GTA V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Madden NFL 18
  7. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  9. EA Sports UFC 3
  10. FIFA 18

January 2018 Top 10 Nintendo Switch

  1. Super Mario Odyssey*
  2. Mario Kart 8*
  3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. Splatoon 2*
  5. Pokken Tournament DX*
  6. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
  7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2*
  8. Arms*
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle*
  10. Doom*

January 2018 Top 10 3DS Games

  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Mario Party: The Top 100
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Mario Maker
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  9. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  10. Kirby: Battle Royale

Top 10 Selling Games for the trailing 12-Month Period

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. GTA V
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  8. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  9. Super Mario Odyssey*
  10. Mario Kart 8*

Sonic Movie Produced By Deadpool Director Gets A New Release Date

The upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie now has an official release date–and it’s a bit later than originally expected. The film, which is coming from Sony’s Paramount film studio, will come to theatres on November 15, 2019, which is just before Thanksgiving.

The release date news comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter. When the film was originally announced in 2016, Sega said it was expected in 2018, so this is a delay. The last we heard, the untitled movie is expected to mix animation and live-action, though details about the plot and cast are being kept under wraps for now.

Sonic Forces
Sonic Forces

Jeff Fowler is directing the Sonic movie, making his directorial debut for a feature-length film with the project. He has experience and has captured acclaim with animated projects before, however. He directed the 2004 Oscar-nominated animated short Gopher Broke, the animation for which was done by the prolific and celebrated video game effects studio Blur.

The Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz is producing the Sonic movie. The Sonic movie’s script is being written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, the duo who created the Fox show Golan the Insatiable.

2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the Sonic franchise. The latest instalments in the series were Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, both of which were released in 2017.

While you have to wait a bit longer for the Sonic movie, the new Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is coming out in March. You can watch the newest trailer for the movie here.

Assassin’s Creed Origins New Game Plus Available Now, Reward Available If You Beat It

The Discovery Tour mode in Assassin’s Creed Origins isn’t the only new thing available in the game today, February 20. Veteran players looking for something new can check out the New Game + mode, which was added to the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC today.

Once you beat the main story, you can create a NG+ save and keep all of your existing progression, including things like weapons and outfits, along with abilities, XP, inventory items such as crafting materials and tools, and of course your character level.

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Of course, some things won’t carry over such as all of the maps and discovered territories, as well as quest competition status and Senu’s perception level. Activities tied to progression are reset, so things like Trials of the Gods and the Hippodrome won’t be available until you unlock them as part of normal gameplay progression.

Additionally, you’ll find the experience more difficult as the difficulty level will go up one notch compared to your previous campaign. So for example, Easy will go to Normal and Normal to Hard, etc. Enemy scaling is on by default in NG+, but you can deactivate it.

There will be a “unique reward” for when you beat the NG+ version of the game, but Ubisoft is keeping this a surprise for now. For a full, detailed breakdown of the NG+ mode, check out this FAQ on Ubisoft’s website.

The second and final expansion for Origins, The Curse of the Pharaohs, is coming in March for all platforms. However, an update on February 27 will include a new quest, “Lights Among the Dunes,” that serves as an introduction before the full expansion lands on March 6.

Watch Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak’s Opening Sequences

Rainbow Six Siege has enjoyed an incredible comeback, as Ubisoft’s strong support for the game has not only kept players coming back but actually increased the size of its player base over time in a way we rarely see. That support will continue in the upcoming Year 3 of Siege, with two new Operators set to shake up the game’s meta once again. But perhaps more exciting than the more traditional additions we’re seeing in the Operation Chimera update is Outbreak, a limited-time PvE game mode.

Ahead of its release next month, we got to go hands on with Outbreak and found it to be a great deal unlike anything else in Siege. Ubisoft has delivered an update to the PC version’s technical test servers, giving players an early look at not just the new Operators, but also Outbreak. In the video above, you can check out the opening cutscene for the mode, as well as three others where Ash talks to another of the game’s characters. Her conversation with Doc shows him wanting to find a cure, while Tachanka is looking for a Russian connection. Thermite, unsurprisingly, just wants to blow things up.

Outbreak is played out on three new maps that have been made specifically for the mode. They’re more open than the standard PvP maps and feature some degree of progression, while still seeking to provide multiple paths and ways for Operators to use their respective gadgets. Only certain Operators can be used in this mode–including Recruit, if you don’t have access to any of the supported ones. This is because Ubisoft limits players to Operators whose gadgets make sense in the context of these maps. That presumably explains why Chimera’s new Operators–both of which are usable in Outbreak–are attackers, rather than the usual arrangement of each new expansion adding one attacker and one defender.

The Chimera update–and Outbreak along with it–debuts on March 6. Outbreak is accompanied by a new set of loot boxes you can purchase to gain exclusive cosmetic gear. These will only be available for the duration of the event, which runs until April 3. After that, the mode will disappear.

“Ridiculously Exploitive” Loot Boxes Must Change, Lawmaker Says

Chris Lee, the state representative from Hawaii who wants to take action against video games with “predatory” loot boxes, believes we are in the midst of a turning point when it comes to the video game industry and its business practices. The industry has to stop taking advantage of players with exploitive practices related to microtransactions, he told GameSpot in an interview. The time is right now due to the “generational transition” where lawmakers and people in power are becoming more attuned to video games.

“We have to try and stand up for what is right,” Lee said. “I think it is inevitable that, whether it was spurred by Battlefront or some of the recent big-title games just being so ridiculously exploitative of the player base, there is enough of generational transition in politics and positions of authority around the country and the world, that you have people who understand what the industry is doing and are willing to stand up and take action and do something about it. Inevitably, the industry will have to change.

“Because more and more jurisdictions are going to start protecting their citizens from the kinds of exploitive and predatory practices that the industry has been employing lately. Inevitably, that means a better industry for everybody and better games for everybody.”

One of the bills that Lee put forward seeks to limit the sale of video games with “gambling-like mechanisms” to people under the age of 21. If this bill became law, it would only affect games sold in Hawaii, but Lee believes this legislation could have a snowball effect and spread to other parts of the country that enact their own similar laws. In fact, lawmakers in Washington and Indiana have introduced bills with similar language.

The Entertainment Software Association, which lobbies on behalf of the video game industry in Washington, DC., believes that loot boxes do not constitute gambling. The ESA also believes that self-regulation is the best way forward, not the kind of government control and regulations that Lee and other lawmakers are suggesting. Lee told GameSpot that people from the ESA or working on their behalf are in Hawaii right now trying to prevent bills like his from getting passed.

“There are ESA lobbyists roaming the halls of the state capitol here as we speak who have been flown out to try and stop any sort of conversation about these issues from happening,” he said.

We have followed up with the ESA in an attempt to get more details on its ambitions as it relates to Lee’s bills and others with similar language in state legislatures across the US.

In other news, US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) recently urged the ESRB (which also believes loot boxes do not constitute gambling) to consider the effect of loot boxes when putting together their ratings. We will report back with more details on the legislative action happening related to loot boxes and more as new information becomes available.

New Xbox One X and S Deals Available Now

If you’re in the market for an Xbox One, there are a couple of good deals happening now. Microsoft is discounting the Xbox One S, and it has also brought back the deal that threw in a copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with the purchase of an Xbox One X.

In the United States, you can grab any Xbox One S bundle for $50 off. This includes the new 1 TB PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds bundle that was recently released, bringing the cost down to $250 (originally $300). This deal runs through March 3. If you’re in Canada, meanwhile, you can buy a 1 TB Xbox One S bundle for $60 CAD off from now until February 23.

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If you would rather get the more powerful Xbox One X, you can get a free copy of PUBG with the console now in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Latin America. The deal starts on February 20 in Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

This isn’t the only Xbox One X deal going on at other retailers right now. At Walmart, you can grab the console and Destiny 2, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Grand Theft Auto V for $500. In other news, be sure to check out this week’s Xbox One Deals With Gold and the new Games With Gold available now.

Sharknado 6’s Plot Has Been Revealed And It Involves Nazis, Dinosaurs, And Noah’s Ark

The totally absurd Sharknado franchise returns for its sixth entry this summer. Now, the movie’s plot description has been revealed–and it’s completely crazy. Main character Fin (Ian Ziering) can now travel through time through, and he must do so to save his family. Along the way, Fin will take on all manner of people and creatures, from Nazis to dinosaurs. Oh, and Noah’s Ark will play some role in the movie, apparently.

Here is the full description, published by Bloody-Disgusting: “All is lost, or is it? Fin unlocks the time-traveling power of the SHARKNADOS in order to save the world and resurrect his family. In his quest, Fin fights Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and even takes a ride on Noah’s Ark. This time, it’s not how to stop the sharknados, it’s when.”

The Sharknado series, which was created by TV network Syfy and airs there instead of theatres, premiered in 2013. Other returning actors for Sharknado 6 include Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo, while we’re expecting many guest stars to feature as well. Sharknado 6, or whatever absurd title Syfy decides to eventually give it, premieres on July 25.

What looks like the first poster for Sharknado 6 has also been revealed, and you can see it in the Twitter embed above. We’re expecting something much more absurd to follow in the lead-up to the movie’s release this summer.

New Sharknado movies have followed every year since the first one came out in 2013. These include Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014), Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015), Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016), and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017).

There have been Sharknado video games over the years, but there is no word as of yet if a new one is coming to tie into Sharknado 6.

Microsoft Talks Xbox One Keyboard And Mouse Support, Addresses Concerns

While the Xbox One does not have an official, Microsoft-approved plan for support keyboard and mouse controls (at least not yet), there are ways to do it. One way is through the use of adapters. Microsoft is apparently aware of this, but the company is not taking action in the case of multiplayer shooters–where keyboard and mouse players would theoretically have an advantage.

The reason? According to Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra, Microsoft could block keyboard and mouse setups on console, but won’t do it because the company wants to give developers the freedom to operate their games as they see fit. Not only that, but a keyboard and mouse setup can be a helpful solution for players with accessibility considerations.

For a long time now, Microsoft has said it is considering bringing an official keyboard and mouse solution to the Xbox One. In September last year, Ybarra said keyboard and mouse support is “definitely coming” to Xbox One, but he didn’t say when or in what form.

Crucially, Ybarra said Microsoft understands the concerns people have about keyboard and mouse users having the upper hand against people using a controller.

“We have to be very smart in how we do that. We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice,” Ybarra said at the time. “A lot of people tweet me and say, ‘You can’t do this because of fairness,’ and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform.”

Ybarra said one solution is that developers can create systems in their games that allow players to decide if they want to play against people using controllers or a keyboard and mouse setup. In fact, Microsoft’s Gears of War 4 supports cross-play between Xbox One and PC, and the company already tested the waters with controller versus keyboard and mouse setup. Xbox One players can choose whether or not they want to play with PC users.

Would you like to see official keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!